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Yet another bussy year is drawing to a close…

Dear members of the OpenAndroMaps community,

another year is drawing to a close, already the fifth year for OAM.
When I first started producing vector maps it wasn’t possible to imagine what great success the idea of free hiking and cycling maps in a compact format would be.
Five years are a long time in an era in which continous and accelerating change is the only constant.

Without my ally Tobias, who is continually pushing forward and is creating the best possible renderthemes, OAM wouldn’t be what it is today – probably the best vector maps for all outdoor fanatics and travellers.

A new member of the team is Michael, who made the new world overview maps – in excellent quality.

I also like to thank all users who made the effort to register in our forum and give hints, suggestions and error reports. This is very important for us as we can be routine-blinded or just lack the time to test every map update for errors. Although our standard is and can only be absolutely professional, we do all this in our rare spare time and with only a tiny budget.

Our goal is to sustain and enhance this project and ask you kindly to further support us.

The OAM team wishes you all a merry christmas!
Tobias, Michael, Christian

Windows/MSIE/Edge Smartscreen blocks downloads

The Smartscreen filter of MS Internetexplorer/Edge reports OpenAndroMaps website as “unsafe”.
If you have doubts about the integrity of OpenAndroMaps please perform a check on a meta-virusengine like Virustotal or a similar service. These services checks a website against the databases of numerous virustools of high reputation like Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Avast, etc..

https://www.virustotal.com/en/

In case of OpenAndroMaps the result ist : Clean Site

If you have already installed a solid virustool on your machine or mobile device there is no need for MS Smartfilter cause most of these tools are scanning the traffic of many webbrowsers (not only MSIE/Edge) and check downloaded fieles too.

There is a document on the MS support site that teaches how to report a false positive to Microsoft or how to disable the Smartscreen filter (in case that you already installed a virustool):

https://support.microsoft.com/

Best regards
Christian

New: Hiking Symbols [osmc:symbols] in OpenAndroMaps

Most of the hiking symbols tagged in OpenAndroMaps are now included in the OpenAndroMaps.
Redering of these symbols follow the rules of  Waymarkedtrails .

Important: If more than one route is assigned to a way : The waymark for the route with the highest priority is rendered = iwn, nwn, rwn, lwn.

Please download the latest maps and the latest version of the Elevate rendertheme and activate the rendering of the hiking symbols in your APP.
in the Elevate theme the background symbols appear at zoom-level 13, the whole symbols (background,foreground,text) appear at zoom-level 15.

Further details and rules for osmc:symbols at OpenAndroMaps can be found here

Laser (LIDAR) Elevation-Data for Austria und South-Tyrol

Austria and South Tyrol has finished the LIDAR Laserscans and released this dataset to the public for free.
@Sonny converted it to usual hgt files and published it for download:

http://data.opendataportal.at/dataset/dtm-austria
http://data.opendataportal.at/dataset/dtm-german
http://data.opendataportal.at/dataset/dtm-slovenia
http://data.opendataportal.at/dataset/dtm-spain

For the OpenAndroMaps this means that serveral Maps benefit from these new elevation data, and believe me – the difference is incredible.

  • Austria
  • Alps (Austria und South Tyrol)
  • Alps_Ost
  • Italy (South Tyrol)
  • Berlin, RheinlandPfalz
  • Slovenia
  • Spain

I strongly recommend you to update these maps, especially if you are a mountain hikers or MTB enthusiast.

Here in this Thread you can see examples of various tiles [DE]

 

Elevate 4 finally released

After an extended testing period Elevate 4 has been released today. The map key was also updated.

Downloads as alway on the Elevate page.

Major changes:

  • One size only: SVG version which scales with screen density is now default, no more different sizes.
  • All graphics are scaleable: all symbols and patterns are now displayed with scalable vector graphics and scale with screen density, instead of pixel based PNG files. For example patterns like those on private roads are now scaled and should be better visible on high density screens.
  • Routes: national and international routes have seperate colors (same for hiking and cycling, blue and red, so I had to change regional cycling routes as well), hiking routes colors match now those that are used for hiking routes in some areas. General route rendering has been optimized as well.
  • Mountain Bike: seperate MTB map style with rendering of visibility of paths and with new rendering for mtb_scale_uphill
  • Locus: Locus version includes now Locus Edition (LE) versions for single language V3 maps and standard Elevate for multilangual V4 maps. All objects scale now much better in Locus LE.
  • Access limits: those are filtered now, a way with only private/no access is only rendered as that in hiking (or cycling) mapstyle, if this access limit is also valid for pedestrians (or cyclers). Only the city mapstyle shows general access limits.
  • And many more smaller additions and optimizations.
Elevate 4

The new MTB map style of Elevate 4

Elevate 4 Release Candidate

Soon Elevate 4 will be released, and as there are some major changes I already offered some test versions here. This last test version I make a bit more public, maybe someone can still find some issues. I mainly tested with OruxMaps 6.5+ at 320ppi and Atlas under Windows. I am happy about some feedback, especially with other apps/densities.

Major changes:

  • One size only: SVG version which scales with screen density is now default, no more different sizes.
  • All graphics are scaleable: all symbols and patterns are now displayed with scalable vector graphics and scale with screen density, instead of pixel based PNG files. For example patterns like those on private roads are now scaled and should be better visible on high density screens.
  • Routes: national and international routes have separate colors (same for hiking and cycling, blue and red, so I had to change regional cycling routes as well), hiking routes colors match now those that are used for hiking routes in some areas. General route rendering has been optimized as well.
  • Mountain Bike: separate MTB mapstyle with rendering of visibility of paths and with new rendering for mtb_scale_uphill
  • Locus: Locus version includes now Locus Edition (LE) versions for single language V3 maps and standard Elevate for multilingual V4 maps. All objects scale now much better in Locus LE.
  • Access limits: those are filtered now, a way with only private/no access is only rendered as that in hiking (or cycling) mapstyle, if this access limit is also valid for pedestrians (or cyclists). Only the city mapstyle shows general access limits.

And many more smaller additions and optimizations.

Downloads:

Elevate OruxMaps quick install
Elevate Locus quick install

http://www.openandromaps.org/wp-content/users/tobias/Elevate4.zip
http://www.openandromaps.org/wp-content/users/tobias/Elevate4_Locus.zip

New General World-Maps

New general maps on OpenAndroMaps

Michael Bechtold did an incredible job producing these maps. For each zoom level he used different an multiple sources ensuring best usability by providing a reasonable filesize. Best is that he aggreed to share these maps for free with our community on OpenAndroMaps.

These maps are pixelmaps in sqlite data format plus a special version for Oruxmaps. Pixelmaps are the best choice for general maps cause they load much faster at low zoom levels compared to vectormaps while vectomaps are providing much more detail at high zoom levels for a fraction of the filesize.

The pure sqlite-maps (for Locus and all APPs capable to handle sqlite) are not compressed so you don’t need additional space and time for decompressing while quick-installation on your device.

[resolved] Germany.map.zip actually corrupt

Sorry folks, the Germany.map.zip is broken, do not download it bevor weekend. I’m in hospital and can’t do anything against this problem bevor weekend. ……..

The map should be OK now

OruxMaps: Themeswitcher and Theme fine tuning

Hi

The Themeswitcher in the latest version of Oruxmaps has moved to a new location and a new menuitem have been added for fine-tuning of the themes. There are two new how-to videos available on the Quick-Installation Page

Elevate/Element is now the default Rendertheme for OAM

As announced earlier the renderthemes made and maintained by Tobias

  • Elevate (for urban areas)
  • Elements (for wider areas)

are now the default ones for the OpenAndroMaps hike and cycle vectormaps and included in the map-downloads.

The andromaps_## renderthemes are no longer maintained.
However, these themes are still provided for download and quick installation:

Andromaps hike and cycle themes
Andromaps MTB-Theme

Best regards
Christian